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How companies disguise rising food prices

Jul 20, 2021
Manufacturers and retailers change packaging and use displays and discounts to distract from higher costs.
The cost of food has gone up, but grocers and manufacturers sometimes use tactics that make price jumps less noticeable.
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Grocers are stockpiling, but that probably won't ease the pain of rising prices

Jul 7, 2021
High labor costs and supply shortages could spell higher prices at the checkout lane.
As grocers stockpile food and dry goods, storage costs might be passed on to consumers.
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Which rose first: the price of chicken or corn?

May 11, 2021
Food commodity prices have been rising steadily over the past several months, leading to an ever-more-expensive supply chain.
Animals that eat pricier corn are now costing more per head, like chickens. Plus, people have been eating more chicken during the pandemic.
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Global food prices hit 3-year high

Jan 7, 2021
Supermarkets don’t have much leeway to absorb higher food costs, so they're quickly passed on to consumers.
Mostly empty supermarket shelves at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. Food prices have climbed as the U.S. economy struggles to recover from the recession.
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Rising food prices make it harder for families on assistance programs to get by

Aug 12, 2020
With the pandemic, there are now 43 million people signed up for food assistance through SNAP.
One food bank network director says that even during good times, "the SNAP subsidy is often not sufficient."
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Prices for U.S. consumers are up where it matters most

For things like groceries and gasoline, prices are actually up.
Inflation isn't entirely dead. Where it matters most, in the cost of food and the cost of energy, prices are going up.
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Why your Thanksgiving meal will be a bargain

Nov 24, 2016
Food prices have been down all year. Yes, even turkey prices.
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Critics cluck over a benchmark for chicken prices

Nov 23, 2016
A common price index for chicken meat is raising questions.
A woman inspects frozen chicken on sale at a supermarket on 10 March 2006. 
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The economics of wasting food

Apr 20, 2016
What would be the economic effect if Americans wasted less food?
A family of four spends about $1,500 a year on food they don't eat.
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